ERIC Number: ED312857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Use of the Behavioral Interview for Target Behavior Specification in Collaboration and Consultation.
Gable, Robert A.; Rosso, Marcia L.
This paper reviews literature on methods of specifying target behaviors as a preliminary step in the provision of specialized instructional programming for low-performing, at-risk students. Careful specification of target behaviors can ensure that collaborating teachers in a consultation program have a shared understanding of the exact nature of the referral problem. Past practices for problem identification generally involved conducting a conventional interview with the consultee. Shortcomings associated with this approach are discussed. A rationale is introduced for employing an alternative process termed a behavioral interview, which yields clearer specification of the problem behavior. Six verbal skills that appear to be central to successful problem identification in a behavioral interview include: behavior verbalizations, behavior setting verbalizations, evaluation verbalizations, summary verbalizations, empathy verbalizations, and deflection verbalizations. To the extent possible, the interview should be standardized to ensure that target behaviors are adequately identified and to decrease sources of error and bias. Specialized training is required before prospective consultants begin the process. References are listed. (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
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